I started playing bass because I heard Paul Mcartney on the Beatles White Album. It was a great way to shed my classical piano training for something more popular! Ironically I started playing drums first due to the influence of Keith Moon and others. Singing became a natural progression as I learned bass and soon I was emulating others like John Entwistle and Chris Squire. Back and forth in various bands in Germany as a youngster, I learned all the covers I could before starting original writing in the early eighties when I moved to Toronto, Canada.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2012 17:06
Holly Burke is one talented lady! Not only is she a world-renowned jazz and classical flutist...... she is also a captivating jazz vocalist, as well as an accomplished actress.
Holly's credits include an International Broadcast Award from the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, CBC TV, NPR, CITR and CBC radio play, The San Diego Jazz Festival,The Vancouver Du Maurier Jazz Festival,as well as many VO and TV credits including Special Unit 2, Cold Squad V1, The Dead Zone, and It's a Girl Thing, with Mia Farrow.
Holly has recorded on over 25 projects including working with Terry and Scott Jacks, and the multi-Grammy Award winning Editus.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 11:34
Steve Dawson is an accomplished Canadian guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Specializing in slide and fingerstyle guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, banjo and other stringed instruments, he is in-demand as a live performer, session musician, and producer
Over the last decade, Steve has risen to prominence in the Canadian music scene with his work on dozens of acclaimed recordings and tours that have taken him around the world and across North America countless times.Steve grew up in Vancouver, where he began to get into music in his early teens, playing in local venues with numerous bands. After a short time playing the guitar, Steve picked up the bottleneck slide guitar, citing Duane Allman and Ry Cooder as his earliest influences.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 10:30
Performer, teacher, composer, conductor, Blaine Dunaway, has a B.A. in music, (jazz), from Western Washington University.
He has studied at UBC, U of A in Edmonton, Brandon University, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and Bullfrog recording school.
Blaine has taught music in public school throughout BC and Manitoba and has taught at the college level in BC and Alberta.
As a composer, his compositions range from String Quartets to 15 piece bands to meditation tracks.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2012 16:32
One of the most in-demand and recorded female vocalists on the West Coast. Over the past thirty years, Sue has performed and recorded with a stellar list of headliners. Sue toured the world with kd lang in support of "Ingenue" and "Absolute Torch and Twang"...... and has appeared on albums by kd lang, Bon Jovi, Billy Thompson, and many others.
The above description is pretty impressive, but it doesn't begin to describe the artistry, talent, and creativity of Sue Leonard. Take a moment to listen to Sue..... her warm, sultry, enticing voice and inspiring lyrics will draw you into a world of auditory pleasure in mere seconds.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 14:18
Ali Milner, a 21-year-old from Canada is making her mark on the indie/jazz charts delivering pure sound and amazing vocal depth, with a modern edge for a classic genre that has been described as shades of Sam Cooke and Nora Jones rolled into one. Despite her young age, she is an experienced artist who has been recording and performing live since the age of 14. For her latest album, I Dare You, Ali collaborated with some of Canada's best, including Sherry St. Germain, Davor Vulama, Aileen De La Cruz, Shaun Verreault (lead singer, Wide Mouth Mason) and Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams’ writing partner). In the first week of May 2010 Ali and her band will be giving several performances at the infamous City Showcase, London’s leading festival for new music known for premiering such well known artists as as Razorlight, Scouting For Girls, Newton Faulkner, Keane, Amy Winehouse, N-Dubz, Akala, Lady Sovereign and Sway. Ali recently performed during the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic Games, at the Westjet Street Party during the 2009 Junos in Vancouver, and is preparing to participate in Sarah McLachlan's upcoming tour, Lilith Fair, at the invitation of McLachlan’s manager Terry McBride, of Nettwerk.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2012 15:31
Flora puts her soul into singing. Influenced by vocal jazz, urban R&B, and Indie Pop, Flora has a strong stage presence and an agile, emotive voice that captivates audiences wherever she performs. She isn’t afraid to push the boundaries; delivering a comedic or seductive twist to a song.
Described as both a “little-known vocal treasure” and “one of the rising jazz talents” in BC, Flora is ready to step into a bigger spotlight. Her most recent CD “Insight” was met with enthusiasm from critics and fans, and she’s been busy performing ever since! Working with co-producers Rick Kilburn and Peter Berring, “Insight” appeals to a wide audience with its groovy mix of standards and original music influenced by Latin jazz, and Soul/R&B.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 09:48
Saxophonist Cory Weeds has been a professional musician for the better part of 15 years.
As a member of popular Vancouver band People Playing Music he toured Canada, the United States and Europe and recorded was a key part in the success of the band's 'Sette' CD released in 1997. In 1998 he formed his instrumental band CRASH that he co-led with tenor saxophonist Jerry Cook. The band released its first CD entitled 'Crash' in 1998 and toured Canada the same year playing at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival. The band went back into the studio in 1999 to record their sophomore release 'Candyshop'. In 2003 the band was booked to back up Hammond B3 organ guru Dr. Lonnie Smith. This chance meeting resulted in the band's 3rd CD 'The Dr. Is In' on Cellar Live featuring the renowned B3 Organist. The CD was a huge success and led to several tours of the Pacific Northwest.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 06:57